List of open-source films

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This article contains a list of films that meet at least one of the definitions for an open content film. Concerning the use of the term Open Source in connection with films, see Open source film.

Published films[edit]

The following list is sorted by release date.

Name Type Released CC License Sources available Open Source Movie Commercial reuse? Comment
Dancing to Architecture - a motion picture about TINA documentary 2002 by 2.5 AU on demand yes yes The first open source documentary of its kind.
Universe42 short films July 2003 by-nc-nd 1.0 no no no Short films by Brett Koonce (USA)
Lord Meia short film September 2003 by-nc-sa 1.0 no no no Short film by Christian Rotzoll, Marc Hofmeister, Frank Meier and Thomas Schmidt.
CH7 feature film April 2004 by-nc-nd 1.0 no no no First movie released under a CC license.
Route 66 - an American badDream documentary 2004 by-nc-sa 2.0 on demand partially no First movie providing sources.
Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning feature film 2005 by-nc-nd 3.0 no no no Most successful Finnish film in terms of views.
Elephants Dream animated short April 2006 by 2.5 yes yes yes First Open Source Movie, created with the Blender Open Source Software.
Boy Who Never Slept feature film July 2006 by-nc-sa 2.5 yes partially no Source files available under CC by 2.5.
Stray Cinema remix project 2006 by-nc-sa 3.0[1] yes yes no Collaborative project
.re_potemkin contemporary art project 2007 public domain yes yes yes A remake of Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" using crowndsourcing / peer production method. A .f.reeP_ project by .-_-.
Insecurity feature film 2007 by-nc-nd 3.0 no no no
Big Buck Bunny animated short August 2008 by 3.0 yes yes yes Created with the Blender Open Source Software.
Oceania feature film 2008 by-nc-sa 3.0 yes yes? no Official selection Cinequest Film Festival 2008.
Torno Subito feature film October 9, 2008 by-nc 3.0 no no no Torno Subito is the World’s First Free Movie for the Web in HD.
Pentagon feature film December 2008 by 3.0 no no yes Filmed entirely with a mobile phone camera.
Sita Sings the Blues feature film March 2009 CC0 1.0 yes no yes Solo project by Nina Paley. Later relinquished into Public Domain by her in 2011.
Jathia's Wager short film January 3, 2009 by-nc-sa 3.0 (final), by-sa 3.0 (source files) yes yes no
Seven Dead Men full feature May 2009 by-nc-nd 3.0 no no no Solo project by Brett Koonce.
Dozer. feature film November 2009 by 3.0 no no yes
Fires beneath water feature film 2009 by-nc-sa 3.0 no no no Historical documentary made in Caracas with free footage from public libraries and televisions and showed on a TV station. (English and Spanish versions)
Valkaama feature film January 2010 by-sa 3.0 yes yes yes Movie with Open Source production and distribution approach.
Tetris feature film June 2010 by 3.0 no no yes
Riverpool feature film June 2010 by 3.0 no no yes Encourages viewers to compile their own soundtrack from the film and share.
Die Beauty feature film September 2010 by-nc-sa 2.5 Swedish no no no A surreal thriller in a feverish fairytale world.
La Chute d'une plume (pèse plus que ta pudeur) animated short October 10, 2010 by-nc-sa 3.0 by-sa 3.0 yes no
END:CIV documentary April 30, 2011 by-nc-sa no no no Resist or die
Just Do It documentary June 9, 2011 by-nc-nd no no no A tale of modern-day outlaws
Gaffelbarn feature film 2012 by 3.0 no no yes Feature film
This Way To Denmark Hill feature film 2013 by 4.0 no no yes Feature film
Station to Station feature film 2014 by 4.0 no no yes Feature
A Recording of Six Developing Projects feature film 2014 by 4.0 no no
These are the Corners of Our Eyes (#2) feature film 2014 by 4.0 no no yes Feature
A Visual Lesson How not to Write an Essay feature film 2014 by 4.0 no no yes Feature
Eating Scum feature film 2015 by 4.0 no no yes Feature
Laborers, Pt.1: The Projectionist feature film 2015 by 4.0 no no yes Feature
Arbitrary Decisions feature film 2015 by 4.0 no no yes Feature

Upcoming films[edit]

Name Type Planned Release CC License Sources available Open Source Movie Comment
The Last Drug feature film 2009 by-sa 3.0 with the release yes Status: Post-production.
A Swarm of Angels feature film not yet by-nc-sa 2.0 intended partially Collaborative project. Status: Pre-production.
Sanctuary short film not yet by-nc-sa 2.5 no no
The Digital Tipping Point documentary not yet released by-sa yes yes Collaborative project.
Collision short film not yet by-sa 3.0 yes yes first Brazilian open source film.
The Green Sight Documentary not yet TBD yes yes Green - sustainable living open source film.
The Beautiful Queen Marya Morevna - Underground animated feature not yet undecided (sources CC BY 3.0) yes yes Anime-style cyberpunk folktale
Lunatics! - "No Children in Space" animated series pilot 2012? by-sa 3.0 yes yes Near future science-fiction
Tomé Documentary 2012 by 3.0 intended - looking for hosting yes


  1. ^ Official download page, with licensing information.